And today I got to see A thousand ropes. What can I say? It’s disconcerting and comforting to see the familiar places in Wellington and hear the accent; it’s wonderful to see faces that seem familiar (and some are); to see Leon Narbey’s photography and more great work from editor Annie Collins. That’s before we get to the main actors (Frankie Adams and Uelese Petaia ) and the director, Tusi Tamasese.
It’s one of those films that evolves and that uses a distinctly non European story telling – one that I recognise as Polynesian. If I knew about Samoa I’d perhaps identify it as distinctly Samoan.
It takes a while for this palagi to ease into the story but once I do I am captivated.
So many events are understated, so many issues dwell beneath surfaces. So many emotions are revealed. So much left unsaid. So much said.